… and I am a professional editor and proofreader based in Ireland but working for clients worldwide.
I studied at the Mater Dei Institute of Education (now the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education (MDCCE), Dublin City University) and at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. I obtained my primary degree in 1993 (1st class honours) and my master’s degree in 2000. I completed my PhD at St Patrick’s College in 2003. My master’s thesis was on ethics at the end of life and my PhD thesis was on prospects for a universal ethic.
I worked as a teacher of religious studies at second level (in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) for six years in the 1990s before entering the higher education sector, lecturing in medical ethics at Trinity College, Dublin (2000–2001) and moral theology at the Mater Dei Institute (2000–2005).
During my time at the Mater Dei Institute, I lectured in moral theology and supervised and marked essays, undergraduate research papers and postgraduate theses. I also supervised students during placement as part of their Initial Teacher Education (ITE).
I took a break from paid employment during my children’s pre-school years. Since 2013, I have been working from home as a professional proofreader and editor.
I have completed courses in proofreading and copyediting with the Publishing Training Centre, London (PTC) and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), which is now the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).
I am a full member of the Association of Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI) and an Advanced Professional Member of the CIEP. I am also a member of ACES: The Society for Editing.
When I am not editing or proofreading, I am kept busy in and around my rural west of Ireland home with a husband, three not-so-small children, a dog and three cats. I enjoy swimming, walking (usually with an audiobook for company), cycling and music. Until COVID-19 wreaked havoc on everyone’s swimming, running was an occasional effort, but my main achievement during lockdown has been to run a marathon.
In my professional work my focus is mainly non-fiction, but beyond work I am an avid reader of fiction. Recent favourites include Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing, Anne Patchett’s Commonwealth, Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, Emily Ruskovich’s Idaho, Elizabeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton, Laura McBride’s We Are Called to Rise, M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family, Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes, David Park’s Travelling in a Strange Land, David Nicholls’ One Day, Us and Sweet Sorrow, Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere and Jessica Strawser’s Not That I Could Tell. I am now reading The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey. I am also revisiting Jane Austen, and have recently read Emma and Mansfield Park.
Childhood favourites included the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, L.M. Montgomerie’s Anne books (read many times over), Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (and sequels, also read many times over), and books featuring children who lived through difficult periods of history. (One that stands out is The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss.)